The NCAA is going to change this fall with the implementation of the new cost of attendance scholarships, which allows for schools to include a low four figure sum into their athletic “full-ride” scholarships to allow for costs such as food and travel to be covered.
While there has been little opposition to this change, Clemson football had coach Dabo Swinney told The Post and Courier his concerns over the change during ACC coaches teleconference this morning.
“There’s no question, it’s a nightmare. The intent is good because we’re finally modernizing the scholarship to reflect 2015,” Swinney said. “But there’s some negative unintended consequences, and there’s no question it’s not a level playing field, and it is going to be the No. 1 topic at all the coaches meetings because it’s not good.”
Dabo included that he is not against the benefits of the new scholarship, but is cautious over the fact that different schools offer different amounts and believes that there needs to be a better solution.
Swinney was not alone in his objection, as Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer also stated during his alloted time on the call, “The way we’ve done it, where there could be tremendous difference in what we give as opposed to another school is able to give, we’ve never done anything like that in college football before.”
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